From: Andrew C. West (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Mar 14 2003 - 11:46:29 EST
On Fri, 14 Mar 2003 08:43:19 -0800 (PST), Werner LEMBERG wrote:
> Some lists of pinyin syllables contain `rua', but I actually can't
> find any Chinese character with this name.
> Does it exist at all? Or is it just there for completeness of pinyin?
This is not really a Unicode question, and there are probably other forums which
are more qualified to pontificate on the idiosyncrasies of Chinese
pronunciation. But, for what its worth, ...
There are no characters in the Unihan database that are given a Mandarin pinyin
reading of "rua". However, as has previously been pointed out on this list, the
Mandarin readings given in the Unihan database are somewhat erratic, and should
not be relied on as a definitive authority.
According to one pinyin chart on the internet
(http://www.cohums.ohio-state.edu/deall/jin.3/c231/refs/p2w.htm) "rua" is an
"oral or dialectal syllable", and as such probably does not represent a standard
Mandarin pronunciation. The only character that I can find that has a reading of
"rua" is U+633C (which is given readings of NUO4 and RUO2 in the Unihan
database). See for example the list of pinyin readings for GBK characters given
at http://input.foruto.com/gbqpxdm/hpbig5gzl.htm which gives "rua" as one of
four readings for U+633C (luo, rua, ruo, sui). No other character in this list
is given a reading of "rua".
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